Arsenal ready to pay more than needed for Layvin Kurzawa after changing plans

Arsenal have reportedly changed their plans when it comes to securing a transfer for Paris Saint-Germain star Layvin Kurzawa.

Full back Kurzawa has been linked with a move to the Emirates with Mikel Arteta ’s side struggling with injuries.

Defensive duo Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac are both on the sidelines, leaving Arsenal short at left-back.

And The Sun claim Arsenal have changed their plans for Kurzawa having originally planned to take the 27-year-old on a free in the summer.

Given the injury problems for Arteta, it’s reported that the Gunners will instead move for the French star this month.

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It’s a move that would cost the north London side more with a bid of £6million reported to be in the offering.

Kurzawa had been recommended by former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, having worked under the Spaniard at PSG.

Current Gunners head coach Arteta admitted: “We have a lot of issues at the back and the fact that Calum Chambers has suffered a big injury has modified our plans.

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“I believe we can compete for what we want with the current squad, but if this scenario changes, I’m expecting that we will go into the transfer market and try to solve this issue.

“It has to be the right player in the right financial context that we can attract.

"That’s not easy in this market but I do have a transfer wish list, just in case.”

West Ham have also been linked with a move for Kurzawa, but Arsenal are believed to be at the front of the queue.

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The Gunners are not expected to spend big during this month having splashed out in the summer on the likes of Nicolas Pepe and William Saliba.

However The Athletic’s Amy Lawrence claims should the right player become available that Arteta and technical director Edu may ask owner Stan Kroenke to provide the funds.

“Arsenal’s finances as such they’re just not in the business of throwing massive money around right now,” Lawrence said on The Ornstein and Chapman podcast .

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“I think that’s so unlikely. If something that Arteta felt was going to be an absolute game changer turned up, and was out of what would be an ordinary few million they might put towards a loan signing at this time of year, the conversations would be had.

“Raul Sanllehi and the rest of the football executive committee including Edu and so on would go to the Kroenke’s and have that conversation.

“The chances of it getting over the line are probably on the slim side but they’re not afraid to talk or think about it because if there is something exceptional in football you have to look at it and Arsenal are not immune to that.”

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